Thursday Practice Report: Football Returns to Piscataway

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Football is back at Rutgers University, where new coach Chris Ash led his first official practice as the program’s leader. After the practice’s conclusion, Ash spoke with the press about quarterbacks, Darius Hamilton and more.

The Headline – Another spring and another position battle at quarterback, where three sit out front for Chris Ash.

Ash plans to rotate a trio of quarterbacks in spring as he and coordinator Drew Mehringer install the spread offense. Juniors Chris Laviano and Hayden Rettig and sophomore Giovanni Rescigno sit in the lead.

“We may have a starter by the end of spring,” Ash said. “All three quarterbacks that were out there today are getting reps with the ones and getting an opportunity to play behind the one offensive line and play with the on receivers and get a chance to go against the one defense and see what they can do. It’s going to be a very competitive position.”

Laviano may have an experience edge, Ash said, but all three will get an equal opportunity to win the job.

“If we get to a point where we feel one guy is clearly ahead of another, then we’ll go ahead and name a starter but I don’t anticipate doing that until we get through spring,” Ash said. “If we don’t feel like we’re ready to do that yet, then it will go through summer and training camp.”

Worth Noting – Senior defensive tackle Darius Hamilton will be as involved in spring practice as his body allows, Ash said.

“He knows his body better than anybody else,” Ash said. “He knows that he needs too practice to be able to reach his full potential.”

Quote of the Day – “We’re not going to talk about winning. We’re not going to talk about championships. We’re not going to talk about red-letter games and things like that. We’re going to talk about the process of getting 10 strong.” – Ash.

Around Football  -- South Carolina picked up a quarterback commitment from Opelika (Al.) 2017 four-star Jake Bentley, who is the brother of former Rutgers starter Chas Dodd.

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